Mission Control to provide gaming opportunities for OCC students

The Orange Coast College Student Senate and Executive Board voted on September 10 to approve funding for Mission Control, an online platform where OCC students can participate in gaming and esports.

The funding would allow for a contract between Mission Control and the Coast Community College District, covering the cost of the one-time “launch package” and several monthly subscription payments.

“Mission Control empowers organizations to host recreational esports - similar to college intramurals or summer softball, but with video games,” the company says on their website. Using the Mission Control platform, OCC could offer leagues for certain video games, and students could gather to play on the Mission Control mobile app.

The contract with Mission Control will give students another way to connect with one another during this time off campus. “It will help create gaming communities online and eventually in person,” Student Senate President Katherine Smith said in an email.

“We just want to get student life going again on campus after being so disconnected online. It’s time to reconnect,” Smith said.

Many OCC students are already involved in esports. The OCC Gamers Guild club has 86 followers on Twitch, and Vice President Carla Rivera says that they have 300 people on their Discord server.

Mission Control could help this population grow even more, with the mobile app providing easier access to gaming. “I think that would definitely be helpful for us,” Rivera said.

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